Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 - Legends, Rituals and Some Interesting Facts

4 Jul 2019


Jagannath Rath Yatra 2019 Date and It's Significance

Every year on the auspicious day of Ashadh Sud 2, in early July, Rath Yatra festival is celebrated at Jagannath Puri in the state of Orissa. The Jagannath temple in Ahmedabad also organises the Rath Yatra. This year the Jagannath Rath Yatra in Ahmedabad falls on July 4, 2019.

Legend Behind Jagannath Rath Yatra

Once in Dwarka, Lord Krishna's eight queens requested mother Rohini to narrate the divine episodes of Lord Krishna with the Gopis. But Rohini was unwilling to narrate the episodes. After a great deal of insistence, she relented. She asked Subhadra to guard the door when she recited the episodes. The Vraj Katha soon absorbed Subhadra. Soon, Lord Shri Krishna and Balaram arrived at the doorway. With arms wide apart she stood between the two and prevented them from entering. However, Rohini's  story telling soon engrossed them all! Just then the sage Narad arrived. Seeing the siblings standing together like idols, he humbly prayed, 'Will the three of you grant darshan in this manner forever'. Lords granted the boon. And the three eternally reside in the Jagannath temple in Puri.   
In Satyuga, there lived a noble and virtuous king named Indradyumna. He was a great worshiper of Lord Vishnu. He went to the Nilanchal mountain to worship him but he was disappointed to see that there was no idol of Lord Vishnu as it was taken away to heaven by the Gods. There was a divine utterance from the heaven that he would be reincarnated in the form of a stone or wood. He would be named  Jagannatha. So he was manifested in the form of wood to please his devotees. 

Benefits Of Participating In Jagannath Rath Yatra

The benefits one can derive by participating in this festival are as follows:
By getting a glimpse of Lord Jagannath on the chariot on Rath Yatra day, one can make rapid spiritual progress and gain instant purification. 
If anyone just sees the cart passing and stands up to receive the Lord Jagannath on Rath Yatra day, one can purge all sinful acts. 
Even a touch of the chariot or even the ropes with which these are pulled on Rath Yatra day is considered enough to confer the results of several pious deeds. 
One can uplift one's soul beyond all meditations by engaging in dancing and chanting during the Jagannath  Ratha Yatra. 
By performing activities which contribute to the success of the Rath Yatra ceremony one is granted with divine blessings of the Lord. 
By donating one's time, effort or money to Rath Yatra - one's home, family and friends will be fully blessed by Lord Jagannath forever. 
One who recites 'Vishnusahastra' will abide in heaven forever. 
One who gets the glimpse of Lord Jagannatha's face and rolls in dust and mud on Rath Yatra day receives salvation and abides in heaven forever. 
Jagannath Rath Yatra is celebrated with great pomp and devotion in Ahmedabad and the 'Khichri' made of rice and different types of vegetables are offered to God. 
With Ganesha's Grace, 
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team
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